ERIC Number: ED268499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Addressing and Measuring Reading and Language Arts in the Content Areas.
Meckler, Terry Anne; Vogler, James D.
A study explored whether teaching the comprehension skills of inference, drawing conclusions, sequencing, and cause and effect would increase student achievement in reading and language while at the same time imparting social science content. Subjects, 197 eighth grade students in the experimental group and 192 eighth grade students in the control group, completed the Basic Skills Inventory (BSI) as a pretest. Teachers in the experimental classrooms were given inservice training in which they learned to infuse instruction in comprehension skills with content area instruction. Although teachers in control classrooms also received inservice training, they were allowed to select content related topics that did not address reading/language skills or instructional planning. All students again completed the BSI as a posttest at the conclusion of the project year. Analysis of the results showed that teachers who received training on teaching reading and language skills learned to prepare better instructional plans and that students in the experimental group achieved significantly higher gains than students in the control group. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (70th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).